Upcoming Events & Announcements
In accordance with city-wide policy regarding the potential spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Holyoke Council on Aging & Senior Center will be closed to visitors until further notice, though office staff is on site Monday through Friday, 8am to 2pm, and there are some ongoing services being provided. Please call before stopping by, at 322-5625. If you call after 2pm, leave a message and a COA staff member will return your call as soon as possible.
Current Ongoing Programs
- Tax Work-Off Program (Applications available now!)
- Grab & Go Lunch and Soup
- Foot Care
- Medical Equipment Loan Program
- Tax Prep Assistance
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Senior Tax Work-Off Program Applications Available
Applicants aged 60 an older who own their home can earn a property tax abatement of $750 by volunteering for 55 hours with the city. Check our our Senior Tax Work-Off section for more information and to find a downloadable application.
Cuidadores Unidos – Caregiver’s Support Group for Spanish Speakers
The first Wednesday of every month at 5 pm;
Guided by compassion, equality, and empathy, this support group has created a safe and respectful space for the Spanish speaking community of caregivers in the area to openly express themselves. Caring for others can be a taxing experience, and Cuidadores Unidos offers an opportunity to be supported emotionally by other caregivers in similar positions. Please email Eileen at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive information about virtual meetings.
Rainbow Supper Club
Currently virtual and every Wednesday at 5pm.
Email email@example.com for Zoom info
During this time, one of the things most needed is connection. The Rainbow Supper Club is proud to offer weekly gatherings to bring our community of LGBTQ+ seniors together! These meetings are open to LGBTQ+ seniors and their partners. WestMassElderCare encourages those who are new to the club to connect prior to RSVPing to learn more about the RSC and WMEC. After you RSVP, you’ll receive a link/phone number that you can use to participate in these weekly gatherings. Meetings will open via Zoom and phone at 5-m. Need technical assistance? Join at 4:30pm.
Brown Bag is distributed on the 4th Tuesday of every month between 2:15 and 3:15 pm. If you’re driving, please pull up to the front door. If you’re walking, know there will be social distancing measures in place.
Dispose of Unwanted Medications
You can bring any prescription, non-prescription, vitamins, veterinary meds, etc. to the Medreturn Boxes at Police Departments in Holyoke, as well as Agawam, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Palmer, Southwick, West Springfield, Westfield, and Wilbraham, or at the Hampden County House of Correction in Ludlow and Chicopee.
These boxes do not accept needles or syringes, however, there is a drop box at the Senior Center for this purpose.
Winter Weather Notifications When Pertinent
Updates on ABC40, Fox6 & WWLP-22
We’ve had questions about how one might know that we are closed due to weather conditions. While the Senior Center is definitely closed each time Holyoke’s City Hall closes, it is not necessarily closed every time the schools close. It’s a good indication, but to be certain you should watch local TV and radio stations for updates. When we close, our offices are closed, all meals, rides, and in-person programs or services are canceled for the day, but we will do our best to reschedule. Zoom classes should continue to take place, but depending on circumstances (power outages, etc), individual instructors may have to cancel with little to no notice.